Guidance Department

PHEAA 2014-2015 Pennsylvania Student Aid Guide:
http://www.pheaa.org/college-planning/student-aid-guide/guide.php

College Visits/Military Visits:
College representatives are invited to speak with students in the Counseling Office during junior/senior lunch. Announcements about the college visits are made at least 2 weeks in advance. Students are asked to register to meet with any college representatives. Military representatives visit students during the lunches.

Olweus Bully Prevention Program:
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. Currently, Iroquois School District has implemented the Olweus Bully Prevention Program in gradesK-8.  Weekly meetings are held with the students to discuss areas of concern, questions, any incidences that have occurred, and helpful techniques in dealing with bullying situations.

PSSA/Keystone Testing: Refer to the district website for testing dates.

Scholarships: See the Scholarship Page for additional information.

Student Assistance Program:
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) supports students who are experiencing challenges that affect their performance in the school setting. These challenges may be related to emotional issues, drug and alcohol use,depression, codependency issues, and other family problems. The SAP team members serve as case managers on assigned student cases. The case managers work with students to help identify struggles within the school setting. The SAP team members do not counsel students or provide therapy. Within the SAP process, team meetings are held to review cases and to identify professional resources that are available to the student and family.
Students, teachers, parents,coaches, advisors, administrators may all refer a student to SAP.Referrals are kept confidential. Anyone wishing to make a referral to SAP should contact the school counselor. Administrators, school counselors, school psychologist, teachers, drug and alcohol liaison, and a mental health liaison are all members of the SAP team process.

ASVAB:
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program test is limited to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who receive parent/guardian permission to take the test.Taking the ASVAB can help students regardless of future plans after high school. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides career exploration scores, which can help determine a student’s readiness for further education and training in different career areas. Knowing your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses now, gives them time to work to improve them before they start a job, begin college or vocational school, or enter the military. To make an informed decision you need facts. If your child takes the ASVAB, he/she will be provided with the facts that he/she will need to pursue post-secondary goals.

Upward Bound Math and Science Program:
The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.
Program services include:
  • summer programs with intensive math and science training;
  • year-round counseling and advisement; exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences;
  • computer training; participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students who are serving as mentors;
  • education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and
  • programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.